Dog and Cat Foods That Have Never Had A Recall

Dog and Cat Foods That Have Never Had  A Recall NoticeThe #1 question I get from our readers is “what food should I be feeding my dog?”

I can’t describe how hard that question is to answer… Let’s be honest, we are pampered with lies every day from the pet food brands, and it’s close to impossible to know if we’re feeding our dogs quality or crap!

There are so many layers of the dog food “onion” to peel back before any sort of a reliable answer can be found! I’m still researching this issue every week because I want to give you honest answers (and get some answers for myself as well.) I think it’s going to take me months to understand which pet foods are truly healthy because of the misleading claims that so many companies make and the lack of quality control in the industry. 

One thing I have heard many times is to stay away from the “big box retailers” like PetSmart, PetCo, and Pet Supermarket. Hardly any of the BEST brands are sold in these stores, so you can bet that you’ll need to go to the local mom-and-pop pet shop to get good quality. Just because it’s a “top” brand doesn’t mean it’s the best quality brand.

Most people like the convenience of a dry kibble dog food, although experts still say that the raw food diet is far supreme. The following list contains dry dog food kibble brands that have NEVER had a recall!  That says something, right? Oh, and you won’t find any of these in a PetSmart, PetCo, or Pet Supermarket either…

Fromm – Cats & Dogs

Fromm Family Pet FoodsEach entree is prepared in small, controlled batches. It’s a 5th generation family-owned company, and they have a super-easy to use Q&A section of their website that helps you determine which food is the best for your dog not just any dog. You aren’t going to find this food in a PetSmart or PetCo… but it’s easy to find a local business that sells it!

Life’s Abundance – Cats & Dogs

lifes abundance pet foodQuality is assured with Life’s Abundance because they cook their food in small batches and use natural, wholesome ingredients. If you like to feed your dog grain-free, they have that option too. I don’t see any brick and mortar stores that sell it. But from my own experience, ordering dog food online can be so awesome! Having it show up at the front door means there’s one less errand to run – and that feels great. This company also gives back with their foundation to rescue neglected and unwanted pets.

Earthborn Holistic – Cats & Dogs

earthborn holistic pet foodThis company believes in producing a pet food rich with only high-quality ingredients that come directly from nature. They carefully select only ingredients that serve a purpose to support your pet’s overall health and well-being. Their website offers any easy way to find a store that sells it near you. Once again, you won’t find this quality brand at one of the big box stores like PetSmart, PetCo, or Pet Supermarket. 

Zignature – Dogs

zignature pet foodZignature recognizes how confusing the controversy over pet food nutrition has become in recent years: Grain or No Grain? Soy or No Soy? Gluten or No Gluten? Meat or Meat Meal? But they take a step back from the catch-phrases and believe your dog’s food should be created with the highest quality ingredients based on the nutritional science of the glycemic index.

They also believe nothing can beat the raw food diet, but they strive to come as close to it as possible in a dry kibble. Find a store near you to purchase.

Holistic Select – Cats & Dogs

holistic select pet foodThis company believes that your pet’s total health begins with digestive health. Their “Unique Digestive Health Support System” uses probiotics, fiber, digestive enzymes, and botanicals to make your dog’s belly happy. Find a store near you to purchase.

Eagle Pack – Cats & Dogs

eagle pack pet foodThis company is proud to bring consumers quality, natural nutrition without fillers or artificial preservatives for over 25 years. They strive to provide the right balance of protein, fat, carbs, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids for a shiny coat, bright eyes, good digestion, and an energetic spirit. If you’d like to switch to this brand, find a store near you that sells it.

Nature’s Logic – Cats & Dogs

nature's logic pet foodThis company makes kibble, canned, and raw food as well as treats, supplements, and cat litter.  They provide natural food rich in protein and nutrients so your dog absorbs more and wastes less. Its also free of allergens like corn, wheat, soy, rice, etc. Find a store near you or take advantage of online ordering. 

Canine Caviar – Dogs

canine caviar pet foodCanine Caviar was founded by a scientist whose Great Dane lived to be 17, the second-longest living Great Dane in history! His alkaline dog food is different than any other because it helps put more oxygen into the blood to allow the DNA’s self-recovery mechanism to function more effectively. It reduces the risk of your pet having kidney and liver problems as well as diabetes. They make dry food, canned food, and treats. Find a store that sells it near you, or conveniently order online

VeRUS – Cats & Dogs

Verus Pet FoodsThis “farm-to-bowl” company provides genuine, whole-health nutrition rich with omega fatty acids, live probiotics, and whole meats. They understand that you may want to make your pet’s food at home, but it’s hard to find the time. It’s also not safe for you to make your dogs food unless you understand the nutritional requirements to keep your dog’s diet balanced. Your dog is better off having a pet nutritionist to formulate the food and make it for you, which is exactly what VeRUS does for you. Home cooked meals without the hassle or risk. Find a store near you.

Annamaet – Cats & Dogs

Annamaet Pet FoodsAnnamaet makes food for cats and dogs and prides themselves in continuously analyzing the quality of their food using independent labs to “maintain their strict standards of quality control.” They use antibiotic free ingredients and natural methods to preserve the food. Find a store near you or conveniently order online. 

Pet Curean – Cats & Dogs 

petcurean pet foodsThis Canadian family-owned brand believes “the proof is in the poop!” They create their products with “passion and purpose” using only the best ingredients from their trusted network of farmers,  ranchers, and producers. Find a store near you or conveniently order online. 

Blackwood – Cats & Dogs

blackwood pet foodBlackwood provides super-premium recipes that are slow-cooked in small batches “because our family loves happier, healthier pets, too!” This company was part of an independent study to show that the time honored tradition of slow cooking creates a higher starch conversion which can lead to increased stamina and energy. Find a location near you, or get it delivered to your door from an online retailer.  

 

Please note that this list does not include ALL of the pet foods that have never had a recall. There could be other brands that are high quality and recall-free that are not on this list.

For example, I love feeding my dogs Darwin’s Raw Food, which you didn’t see on this list. I can’t say enough good things about this brand, and the change I saw in Zoey’s overall health, attitude, and energy has been remarkable. We were in and out of the vet’s office monthly before she switched to Darwin’s, and now I can’t remember the last time she had to go in besides for her check-up.

She used to flip her bowl over and refuse to eat because she hated her food (she probably is smart enough to know when it’s crappy food), and now with Darwin’s she eats faster than Jem, which we thought was impossible! 

Has the food that you’re feeding your pet ever had a recall? Check out the FDA’s recall list here.

 

Is Canned or Dry Dog Food Healthier?

Canned or Dry Dog Food? Which One Is Healthier?

We are always researching what the healthiest and best diet options are for our three dogs Zoey, Jem, and Laci. Zoey eats only canned wet food because of her frequent urinary tract infections (the water in the wet food helps prevent her UTI’s). Jem eats dry kibble with a scoop of Zoey’s wet food because she sees Zoey’s food and is envious of the flavor. Laci is just a puppy and indulges in her dry kibble without complaint, but she never misses an opportunity to sprint over to Zoey and Jem’s bowls after they’ve finished to lick them dry! 

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According to an article from DogFoodAdvisor.com, canned food may be a better option for dogs than the dry kibble – and no this article was not written by a dog who wants to convince his human to buy canned food just for the flavor of it! 

Why Can Canned Be Better Than Dry Kibble?

Canned foods typically have more meat protein and fewer carbohydrates than dry kibble. Because of the cans’ air-tight packaging, they usually don’t have synthetic preservatives, flavors, and colors. This means the fats and oils in the food won’t become rancid. 

Why Does My Dog Go Crazy Over Canned Food?

Has your dog ever had a taste of canned food? If she has I bet she went crazy over it! Our girls can’t seem to get enough. The smell lures them in and the taste gets them hooked. Laci fiends for Zoey’s wet food so bad that we have to put Zoey in a separate room to eat. Jem has become so spoiled by the scoop of wet food that we add to her kibble that if we don’t add it she looks up at us like we’re crazy and refuses to eat!

DSC02359One reason dogs go so nuts for canned food is because the meats are closer to their natural state. This makes canned foods tastier and more appetizing than the dry kibble. 

The Moisture Content Helps With Overall Health and Health Issues

PetMd explains that not all dogs drink as much water as they should and wet food can be a great source of hydration. This is one of the main reasons we feed Zoey wet food – she seems to be indifferent to drinking water. Moisture in a pet’s diet becomes increasingly important as the dog ages, whenever the dog is ill, or if the dog lives in a hot climate.

For our Zoey, the canned food is a must. The high moisture content is perfect for preventing her frequent UTI’s. If you have a dog with urinary issues, the water in the canned food helps significantly more than dry kibble. DSC02472Is your dog overweight? It’s much easier for an obese dog to loose weight by eating wet food because it makes him feel fuller quickly. Your dog can eat more canned food than dry food and still loose weight because the moisture in the canned food takes up volume that won’t contribute to weight gain. 

Canned food is great for elderly dogs or dogs with dental issues. Chewing dry kibble can be very painful and difficult for these dogs which may cause them to eat less which will contribute to poor health overall. You may have heard that dry kibble can be good for your dog’s teeth, but many believe that this is an old rumor.  

Advantages and Disadvantages To Both

DogFoodAdvisor.com broke it down nicely for us to compare the advantages and disadvantages to both dry and canned dog foods:

Glancing at this comparison, you can quickly see that dry kibble is more convenient for the humans because of its lower cost, and it does’t take up room in the refrigerator. If canned food is believed to be better for your dog’s overall health, I know the convenience factor becomes an afterthought, because our dogs deserve the best!

Dogs can’t tell us what they want or need, as much as I wish they could, but our dogs make it as obvious as they possibly can that they prefer canned food. It’s impossible for us to ignore their not so subtle hints… so canned food it is! 

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When Is Kibble The Better Choice?

When it comes to convenience and cost, nothing beats kibble. So if you’re on a tight budget (and who isn’t these days?!) then a quality kibble is the way to go, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

You can leave kibble in your dog’s bowl for an extended period of time. If your dog is used to grazing rather than eating full meals in one sitting, then you need to stick with the kibble. Because she’s a puppy, Laci eats multiple times throughout the day, so for these reasons dry kibble is the best option for her at this stage.

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You should never leave canned food in your dog’s bowl for longer than an hour or two at the most. When wet food is exposed to the environment it easily grows bacteria and quickly becomes contaminated. Dogs with a predisposition to dental problems like excessive plaque and bacteria may need more dental attention when eating a wet food than a dry kibble. 

Kibble can be stored for much longer periods of time. Once you open that bag of kibble, you know it will last until your dog eats the last bit. Unlike kibble, canned food has a short shelf life once it is opened. It must be placed in the refrigerator right after it is opened, and should not be stored opened for longer than two to three days before its time to discard it. 

We Love Kibble and Canned Food!

I don’t want you to think we’re pro-canned and anti-kibble, because we are a huge fan of both. We believe in “listening” to our dogs and watching their behavior closely to determine what each individual pup specifically needs because no two dogs are alike. Like I said, we determined canned food was the best option for Zoey, Laci does great on dry puppy kibble, and our indestructible, healthy Jem still has a perfect bill of health eating mainly kibble with a spoonful of canned to satisfy her flavor cravings. 

Whatever type of food you believe is best for your dog’s health and lifestyle is the right choice for your family. If your budget can’t find room for canned dog food and it’s too much hassle for your lifestyle, the “Jem Method” works great – just add a little bit of canned food to the kibble to have the best of both worlds! PetMd explains that either canned or kibble will satisfy your dog’s nutritional needs as long as the food is well-balanced and you make sure it is made with quality ingredients. And always remember what foods are healthy, and what foods are toxic to your dogs!

Laci loves any kind of food!

Disturbing Lab Results Prove Top Dog and Cat Food Brands Are Unsafe

Our family is extremely concerned with the quality and safety of our food as well as our dogs’ food. We recently started making our own organic treats at home and posting our recipes to the blog for you to enjoy. The next step in our plan is to make our own homemade dog food, and after reading these lab results we aren’t going to wait any longer to get started! 

I can always count on TheILoveTheDogsSite.com for great content about pets, and this morning I was so happy to come across their article about unsafe pet foods. Pet food consumers just like you and I donated funds to The Association for Truth in Pet Food (ATPF) to test pet foods sold in North America. This test and it’s results are monumental because this is the first and only time a test of this size has been funded and controlled by concerned consumers themselves instead of a regulatory agency that is in charge of governing and selling pet food. Consumers of these pet food brands are left to wonder if these agencies that have conducted tests in the past were too close to the product and the profit to release accurate and honest results. 

Susan Thixton, Pet Food Safety Advocate at ATPF and author of “Buyer Beware” and co-author of “Dinner PAWSible”, was in charge of leading the test along with industry experts such as Dr. Tsengeg Purejav of INTI Service Corporation who lab tested the foods.

Susan explained that “this is history making. No one has ever taken such an up-close and thorough examination of pet food like this before – and most importantly, this was done by pet food consumers!” Thixton said the pet food testing results are “shocking and little did we know we’d find serious risks to ourselves and our human families too.”

The six top dog food brands tested include:

The six top cat food brands tested include:

 

Did you see any brands you’ve fed your dog before? Because I see two that I’ve fed to Zoey and one that I’ve fed to Jem before! Zoey has been eating Hill’s C/D Urinary Tract Health canned dog food for about a year after she had three consecutive UTI’s. Her veterinarian at Banfield at PetSmart recommended Hill’s brand and explained to me that it is one of the top two brands she would recommend because “they’re the only ones that actually lab test their dog food for health standards.” That feels like a very misleading and untrue statement now that these test results have come out and I see that it’s one of the most UNSAFE brands of food! I can’t believe I’ve been feeding her this food for so long. Jem was eating Blue for the first year of her life until we switched her because of her very stinky farts. Now I’m glad we switched her when we did! 

 

Test Results:

The tests conducted on the most popular dog food brands mentioned before indicate that many of these foods contain high levels of dangerous mycotoxins, nutrient concerns, bacterial contamination, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria that the FDA calls “Qualifying Pathogens.” None of these dog foods have ingredients from China, but they do have ingredients from other countries outside of North America. 

The Hill’s Prescription C/D Urinary Tract health canned dog food that my vet suggested was the safest, laboratory tested dog food option for Zoey tested to contain 7.72% calcium which is almost three times the legal limit of calcium allowed in adult dog food (AAFCO maximum is 2.5%). The Mycotoxin Risk Equivalent Rating was 16 (20 being High Risk), and it contained several bacteria including two bacteria that the FDA calls “Qualifying Pathogens” that pose a “serious threat to public health.” 

Now What Do We Do?

Thixton believes that consumers’ trust in pet food and the regulatory agencies responsible for “testing” these foods is rapidly declining and I believe she is right. I know my trust in them is completely gone after seeing these results. She explains that “it is truly sad that consumers found the many risks in pet food they did. Now we can hope – with this scientific evidence – that authorities will finally listen to the many complaints of consumers and make pet food safe. Not only for the pets, but for the pet people too.”

1. Find A Food That Is Lab Tested and Proven Safe:

Thixton created a list of the safe pet foods from her studies and lab tests that can be purchased for a small donation. What’s crazy and surprising about this list is that there are only 20 dog foods that make the “healthy” list, and NONE of them can be purchased in big box pet stores. They are only available at independent pet food stores, online pet food stores, or purchased directly from the manufacturer. That really makes you think about the integrity of the big box stores and makes me wonder why they are only making unsafe dog foods available for us to purchase and none of the healthy options are on the shelves!

We love to support small businesses any chance that we can since we are a small business ourselves, and this was the third strike for the big box pet stores like PetSmart where I have been buying Zoey’s C/D Urinary Tract food. I will definitely not be buying any more food or other items from big box pet stores after learning that they don’t sell any healthy of the healthy pet food brands. I’m happy to support the small businesses who are morally selling nutritious food.  

2. Feed Your Pet A Homemade Diet Using Balanced Recipes:

The other thing included in Thixton’s list that really excites me is the two homemade dog and cat food recipes! I’m so thrilled to use these recipes and rest assured that I’m providing Zoey and Jem a healthy, organic, homemade diet.

3. Speak Up To Make A Change:

Thixton also encourages us to make a change by sending letters to our representatives in Washington D.C. She only asks that we don’t send petitions – only letters: “No petitions (please) – representatives in government need to receive hundreds of thousands of personal messages directly from pet food consumers demanding change,” she explains. You can simply go to your state government website for the information on how to contact your representatives. She even created a sample letter for you to send without having to do any of the work! 

Sample Letter to Send to Representatives:

Consumers recently raised the funds to test 12 of the most widely-purchased brands of pet foods sold in the U.S. and Canada. What was found in this consumer funded testing were violations of pet food regulations (nutrient imbalances), dangerously high levels of mold (mycotoxins), and very concerning bacterial contamination (bacteria determined by the FDA and CDC to be antibiotic-resistant).

Consumers pay an estimated $1 billion dollars a year to states in sales tax revenue (for pet food purchases alone). Please explain to me what consumers are getting in return for that revenue?

Pet food consumers have been complaining about the condition of pet food since the 2007 pet food recall, complaints have fallen on deaf ears. For more than seven years consumers have waited on FDA to find the lethal contaminant of Chinese jerky treats – FDA has provided us nothing. In 2007 Congress told FDA to establish pet food ingredient standards and definitions, processing standards of pet food and provide updated standards for the labeling of pet food. This work was required – by Congress – to be completed by September 2009. More than five years after the deadline – consumers still wait for the FDA. I ask you, how much longer should consumers wait for safe pet food?

Testing of pet food that should have been performed by tax dollar supported regulatory authorities was done by consumers. Now, consumers – myself – are asking you Why? How? could pet food pose such a serious risk to the pets that consume it and the humans that handle it?

Please read every page of our Pet Food Test Report – you can do that here: http://associationfortruthinpetfood.com/the-pet-food-test-results/

I await your response on this very concerning issue.

Sincerely,

[your name]

 

Thank You For Listening

I hope this post helped open your eyes to how misleading dog food companies and big box retailers are when they claim their food is wholesome and healthy for our pets. We really can’t trust their marketing terms like “natural, no preservatives, non GMO, etc.” because they negate the tried and true results from the tests in the lab. Food is what fuels our bodies and our pets’ little bodies, and it’s so important that we are knowledgeable about what we are feeding them because they depend on us whole heartedly. For the full report and findings from these lab tests click here.